Craig the highest-paid James Bond
TONIGHT / 19 Nov '12, 4:00pm
London - Daniel Craig is the highest-paid James Bond star ever.
The 44-year-old actor - who reprised his role as the iconic British spy for the third time in 'Skyfall' - will earn £31 million to portray the suave secret agent in two more movies, dwarfing the pay cheques received by his predecessors.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions' action adventure SKYFALL.
Sir Sean Connery was the first actor to play Bond in 1962, earning £10,000 to star in 'Dr. No'. His salary steadily rose, with the average pay for his work on six films in the franchise averaging at £218,000 - around £3 million in today's prices.
George Lazenby earned £340,000 - the equivelent of £460,000 - for his one outing as 007 in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', while Sir Roger Moore brought home an average of £1.4 million, or £6.3 million today, from his seven films.
Timothy Dalton also averaged £1.4 million for his two films, while Pierce Brosnan's average amounted to £6.1 million, or £8.7 million in today's prices.
Daniel's new deal brings his pay average to £9.6 million per film.
The huge contract surpasses the £10.7 million he earned for 'Skyfall', which at the time overtook the £10.3 million Pierce Brosnan took home for starring in 2002 Bond movie 'Die Another Day'.
Daniel - who is married to Rachel Weisz - has seen his salary in the role take a huge jump, having earned £1.9 million for his 2006 debut 'Casino Royale' and £4.4 million for 2008's 'Quantum of Solace'. - Bang Showbiz